10 Mar 2013
New Zealand poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman is in Iowa for three months as the recipient of Creative New Zealand’s University of Iowa residency for 2012.
Christchurch-based Holman is working on two new books of poems. Both cover new ground: Second Cuts is based on his experiences working in shearing gangs in the 60s and early 70s and in the second book, The True and Intimate Confessions of a Dylan Junkie, each poem is inspired by a line from the Bob Dylan song, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.
Dr Holman is senior adjunct fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Canterbury. He writes both poetry and non-fiction (history, biography and memoir). He has published seven books of poetry, including Fly Boy (Steele Roberts, 2010); and Autumn Waiata (Cold Hub Press, 2010) and has been included in numerous anthologies. His non-fiction includes Best of Both Worlds: the story of Elsdon Best and Tutakangahau (Penguin, 2010).
The University of Iowa’s International Writing Programme brings together writers from around the world to join the lively literary community on campus.
You can read Holman’s Iowa blog here: www.paparoa.wordpress.com (offline)
The Creative New Zealand’s annual University of Iowa residency is open to both emerging and established writers. Creative New Zealand’s grant of $20,000 goes towards airfares, accommodation and living expenses for the selected writer.